Irlen syndrome

About Irlen Syndrome

Helen Irlen is an American psychologist who developed the comprehensive, and thorough, coloured lens treatment protocol for perceptual processing difficulties.

She coined the term Irlen Syndrome, which some other practitioners refer to as "Visual Stress" or "Pattern Glare" or "Meares-Irlen Syndrome".

Irlen Syndrome is not the same thing as Dyslexia, but a person with Irlen Syndrome is often mistaken to have Dyslexia. Once the Irlen needs have been met, many patients read far more efficiently, such that there are no Dyslexia-type signs or symptoms left to address.

A key underlying common thread through the various signs and symptoms of those with Irlen Syndrome, is that of Stress - we none of us do well when stressed, and Irlen lenses ease stress and fatigue.

(Do note, that a 'syndrome' is not a disease, it is a cluster of Signs and Symptoms that bundle together as a well-defined clinical entity).

The Irlen Method has helped tens of thousands of patients by providing a long-term solution to reading problems, headaches, light sensitivity, ADD and ADHD, autism and many other ailments – by directly addressing a core problem: the situations in there has been an overwhelming of the brain’s inability to process Visual information.

If you or your child have been suffering, then you deserve to know more about the most widely used, research-based, and most effective solution available to you. The symptoms of Irlen Syndrome are wide-ranging, but the solutions -Irlen coloured overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters (worn as either glasses or contacts) – are straightforward and available to you.

Irlen tints address the underlying perceptual processing difficulties and light sensitivity that can contribute to reading difficulties, headaches, and attention difficulties.

Mark and Tim Eagle are credentialed Irlen Diagnosticians, and we have a number of staff who are credentialed Irlen Screeners.

Book an appointment with either our Irlen Screeners to begin your journey in learning about Irlen Syndrome, and you will in due course meet Mark or Tim to investigate issues further if evidence warrants it.

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Health conditions & Symptoms that irlen lenses can ease

Reading Problems, Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties

  • When Reading is difficult and child cannot learn basic reading skills or use the reading skills that they have been taught.
  • Problems with flow, fluency, and comprehension.
  • Other problems may exist and instruction or remediation may be necessary.

Gifted and Average Students with Good Reading Skills

  • Spend longer to complete homework
  • Physical complaints of headaches, strain, or tiredness when reading or at school
  • Avoids reading or reading for pleasure
  • Does poorly on timed tests or standardized tests
  • Unable to keep up with reading assignments
  • Listens in class rather than doing assigned reading
  • Finds it easier to learn from discussion than reading
  • Works hard to get grades but feels that s/he is brighter than grades indicate
  • Considered lazy or unmotivated. Told they could do better if tried harder

Headaches, Migraines and Other Physical Symptoms

  • Discomfort in sunlight
  • Discomfort in bright lights or fluorescent lights
  • Prefer dim lighting
  • Bothered by headlights at night
  • Bothered by glare
  • Discomfort with computer use
  • Stress or strain with sustained reading
  • Stress or strain from visually-intensive activities
  • Difficulty looking at stripes or patterns
  • Certain colors are bright and bothersome
  • Snow, rain, and hazy days can appear to be glary

Light Sensitivity

  • Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight and sometimes lights at night.
  • Some individuals experience physical symptoms and feel tired, sleepy, dizzy, anxious, or irritable.
  • Others experience headaches, mood changes, restlessness or have difficulty staying focused, especially with bright or fluorescent lights.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/HD)

  • Problems concentrating when reading or writing
  • Easily distracted when reading or writing
  • Distracted when under fluorescent lights
  • Daydreams in class Problems staying on task with academic work
  • Problems starting academic tasks

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

  • Looks in a series of short glances
  • Looks away from visual targets
  • Squints or looks down
  • Finger flicks
  • Sideway glances
  • Poor eye contact
  • Rubs or pushes on eyes
  • Mesmerized by colors, patterns, or light Behavior changes in bright lights or sunlight
  • Poor spatial or body awareness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulties with stairs, escalators, or catching balls
  • Poor small or gross motor coordination
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Young girl with hand in a heart shape around eye

Traumatic Brain Injuries, Head Injuries, Concussions and Whiplash

  • Reading. Problems because of a change in clarity or stability of the print.
  • Sustained Attention and Concentration. Problems with ease and comfort reading.
  • Light Sensitivity. Being in bright light, and driving at night can be uncomfortable.
  • Physical Symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness and irritability.
  • Depth Perception. Problems with the ability to judge depth or spatial relationships.
  • Fatigue. General sense of being tired and fatigued.
  • Neurological Problems

Light-induced seizures, tremors, or other similar problems

  • Psychological, Medical and Visual Problems
  • Low Vision/Visually Impaired
  • Light-Induced Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Strokes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Auto Immune Diseases
  • Cerebral Palsy